Greetings from vacation!
Romney/Palin – The Left Will Not Let It Die…
Last week’s left created Romney/Palin psuedo-dust-up sure did catch the attention of the leftie punditry. Steve Kornacki of Salon basically said that Romney was a misogynist. There was a response from Allahpundit, but Andrew Sullivan (yes I am about to say something nice about him) had the most salient observation:
If policies come up during debates, and she gives the same answers she gives on Fox now, and Mitt Romney pounces on her, the story will not be that the GOP’s frontrunner gave a pallid answer. The story will be that Mitt Romney pounced. What does this do to his image? What does Mike Huckabee have to say about it?
This entire episode from its ill-defined inception until now is designed, by a left leaning media, to cast the race first as Romney v Palin and secondly do whatever they can to divide Republicans. And in some circles, it is working to some extent.
There are serious candidates – Romney, Pawlenty – probably serious candidates – Thune – wannabe serious candidates – Daniels – and then there are media serious candidates – Palin, Gingrich and Huckabee. Look at those names. The “media serious candidates” all carry serious baggage and they all represent only a portion of the Republican/conservative movement. Of course the portions they represent are the portions the media and the left love to use to describe the entire movement and they are the most divisive portions. They are also portions that cannot possibly win general elections – which is why the left likes those names so well. If any of those people run, it will be for building their personal media cred.
Now, what is amazing about all this is that Romney’s religion has not come up. By even mainstream denominational Christianity standards, Mormon complimentarian views about the genders might be considered a bit archaic if being kind and sexist if not. When you have people at Kos writing stuff like this:
The greatest value in the book is Zaitchik’s patient exploration of the affect Beck’s conversion to Mormonism has exerted on his politics and beliefs, but also on his methods of message of delivery. Beck has managed something fairly difficult in the presentation of his schmaltz to the audiences he’s dog-whistling: he’s using the tried and true confessional style of his chosen religion to rope in evangelicals and even more secular (but teary-eyed) members of the hard right. This is no small feat, as Mitt Romney can testify; many on the right are not all at ease with Mormonism, and Beck’s bridging of its style with old-fashioned knee-jerk patriotism is part of his unique appeal.
You’d think they would feel compelled to make a big deal out the CJCLDS view on the role of women. Of course, I doubt this conversation is over.
Nothing, and I repeat nothing, could be better for America at this present electoral juncture than the defeat of Harry Reid in Nevada. Therefore, it pains me to point out that his opponent, Sharon Angle, is seemingly going out of her way to assure him of victory. GetReligion discusses a Las Vegas Sun story on Angle:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle describes her motivation for seeking elected office as a religious calling.
Politics, including her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is God’s purpose for her life — one he has long been preparing her for, she says.
“When God calls you, he also equips you and he doesn’t just say ‘Well, today you’re going to run against Harry Reid.’ There is a preparation,” she said during a recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “Moses had his preparatory time. Paul had his preparatory time. Even Jesus had his preparatory time, and so my preparation began on a school board.”
GR even has the video. I am reminded of the numbskull in Idaho a few months back that convened all the Mormons in the area. We chastised him and now, well….
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
But the press should be vilified for reporting this and not Reid’s Mormonism, particularly give the treatment Mormonism got last presidential cycle. I guess its not really the religion, but the political views and party affiliation of the candidate that matter when it comes to religion as a political weapon.
General Religion Stuff…
But in closing, let us reprint a C.S. Lewis quote posted by Godblogger Justin Taylor yesterday:
I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man.
I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government.
The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .
The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.
That dear friends are words worth deep consideration.